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“Make sure you cover up, esp if you're female”
Review of Temple Mount

Temple Mount
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Private Tour: Old City Jerusalem with Rampart...
Ranked #44 of 315 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A hill in the eastern part of Old Jerusalem is of special significance to the world's three major religions. It was reputedly the site of the first and second Jewish Temple, and since the 7th century has contained two Muslim shrines.
Reviewed July 4, 2014

Very fascinating! I'll leave you to read up on the history behind this place that Muslims, Jews, and Christians have claim to. Tourists are allowed during certain times only and if you are female, make sure you're covered up. I was able to borrow a skirt from the ladies in front of the Western Wall. I covered up my upper body with a scarf I purchased in the Christian Quarter too. Since we arrived close to the prayer time, we were rushed out. The Dome of the Rock is amazing and provides many cool photo ops. Come to experience a piece of history!

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"golden dome"
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"israeli police"
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"wooden bridge"
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"limited access"
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"dung gate"
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

The enormity of this site must be seen to be believed. The history here! From King Solomon's stables to the Golden Gate. There is nothing we didn't like here, except the extremely limited hours to visit. But we scheduled around it and it worked. Incidentally, the views are great as well.

1  Thank retiredatty
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

I have read many reviews here by visitors to the Temple Mount, and thought it necessary to give reliable details correcting the impression left by some of the posts.

The long lines/opening times and gate:
1.There are 11 gates through the Old City of Jerusalem leading into the Temple Mount, but only one of the gates ( accessible through the Dung Gate or the Western Wall Plaza) called the Mugrabi Gate is open to Jews and other non Muslims.
2. While the 10 gates open to Muslims are open 7 days a week, all hours of the day, the Mugrabi Gate (the only gate open to Jews and other non Muslims) is open only 5 days a week (Sun-Thurs). During the summer the opening hours are: 7:30- 11:00 am, and then again 1:30-2:30 pm. In winter: 7:30- 10:00 am, and then again 12:30-1:30 pm

Random closure of the Mount to Jews and other non- Muslims:
The above times are correct except for days when the police close the Mount to Jews and other non Muslims because of Muslim rioting. This rioting generally happens on: Jewish pilgrimage festivals (Succot/Tabernacles, Passover. Shavuot/Pentecost); the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av ( generally falls in August- the anniversary of the destruction of the 2 Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount); Israeli national days like Israel Independence Day, and Yom Yerushalayim ( the anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem 47 years ago); lately for any other Jewish festival days.

Do Jews get ahead in line?
It sometimes looks this way early when you are standing in the line, but not for long. First of all, only people dressed as religious Jews are put into a separate line on the left. This line is shorter so it seems that the Jews have shot ahead. This is not the case as the Jews are then left waiting because of greater restrictions to their entry and these Jews watch the other line flow past them. The greater restrictions are only for Jews who discernibly outwardly dress "Jewish" . Non outward signs of being Jewish( e.g.Jewish name) if you do not dress "that way" is not relevant here.

Recommendations: Although we are trying to change these realities to have equal right for Jews and Christians, for the meantime, because this is the most incredible spiritual place on earth and you do not want to miss going there, take precautions to protect yourselves from the elements: wear a hat or bring an umbrella; bring plenty of sunscreen (there is no shade in the line and little on the Mount) and water. Most of all come armed with plenty of patience.

Despite everything, this is really not a place you want to miss.
Visited June 15 2014

11  Thank linda43580
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Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

The mount had the Al Aqsa mosque, the shrine of the Dome of the Mount and many other historical smaller Islamic buildings. They are surrounded by large prayer areas for Jerusalem's Muslim community and gardens. Getting in takes patience - arrive at 7:30am any day but Friday, take your passport and prepare for airport-style security checks. Be aware that the security is right by the Western Wall plaza and the initial guards are Israeli Jewish - to prevent Jews from entering. They are downright surly and rude - they really don't want to let you in!! However, once inside the Muslims were friendly enough and many were at prayer or were teaching young kids the Qu'uran. The Dome of the Rock is spectacularly beautiful. Be aware that non- Muslims are NOT allowed inside Al Aqsa or the Dome of the Rock.

1  Thank Neil R
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

When I've been there was Friday and closed to non muslims. But we walked around there and I took some pictures. But for me is a ok place comparing another mosques I've in Iran for example.

1  Thank William G
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